Wasn't the Landmark thing just for Cafe Gratitude workers?
I agree that that thing was super weird, but despite having close ties to Cafe Gratitude, Gracias Madre seems far less cultish.
I have found references in new reports and blogs that "managers are encouraged to attend Landmark Forum programs...those who don’t find themselves unemployed." and that this is practice for both Cafe Gratitude(CG) and Gracias Madre(GM). Over-all I currently only have personal reports to go on that GM participates in landmark forum but considering that GM is owned by CG or rather both are owned by a certain couple who are into Landmark themselves, which is the source of the connect, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was going on at both restaurants.
I know it seems silly to be worried about it but there have been some seriously disturbing stories coming from ex-landmark participants of emotional abuse and possibly unjust imprisonment. One story I recall was forcing a woman to call up here rapist to "forgive" him. Basically creepy and highly confrontational. Thats setting aside this high monetary price of participation (which I heard CG offers to only partially offset), heck Landmark as a for-profit entiity made $89 million in one year along. It really does look like a predatory "self-help" seminar looking to sweet talk, pressure, abuse, or anything they can do to get as much money out of you as they can
I'm no expert on biodynamics but I really think there is a good chance that biodynamic farming has evolved far beyond what Steiner covers in your quotes from the 1924 lectures. I'm not saying you are wrong, but it's worth looking into further.
In my research I found many biodynamic farms using the biodynamic preparations (quartz in cow horn, chamomile in cow intestine, ect). Just search around the net a bit, you will find many many pages with modern pictures of biodynamic preparations in various stages, descriptions of how to makes them or where to buy them, and praises of the wonders of the potions. You can even go to you gardening or healthfood store and buy pre-mixed biodynamic compost and biodynamic "tea-bags", because the magic potion only need to be in small amounts because its not using any active ingredient in the potion rather its about essences and spiritual lifeforces they can use a tea made from the preparation.
here is an example of tea-bags http://www.amazon.com/Bus-Brew-Biodynam ... B003WIL2OK
it clearly states "Contains all the preparations, plus some extra love!" I find products like this to be a waste, whatever good there is in those tea bags its certainly not the preparations, anything good in those bags (if they are any benefit at all) could have been gotten from another source, possibly cheaper since its dosen't have a trendy buzz word attached
also here is a a quote from Be Love Farm's (the farm for CG & GM) website
...we incorporate many Bio-dynamic practices but we do not meet Demeter standards for Biodynamic certification....Homeopathic “like” remedies are applied to the soil and compost to strengthen the overall life force of the farm entity.
The "homeopathic" part should be a big tip off
Gunnar Handsome wrote:
I'm also not the biggest fan of Landmark, but I can't help notice how happy (blissful?) everyone working there seems.
Possibly because its is a group self-selected under high pressure
I suggest reading more about them...
not the most damnign article but pretty good I thought http://motherjones.com/media/2009/07/la ... wns?page=1